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Meeting between U.S., Egypt to counter smuggling antiques

The meeting was attended by Minister of Antiques Mohamed Ibrahim, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Anne Patterson, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan and Egypt’s ambassador in Washington Mohamed Tawfik, and U.S. spokesperson in charge of Near Eastern Affairs Jennifer Larson, according to Youm7.

Larson noted that the attendees discussed a number of methods of cooperation between the U.S. and Egypt to protect cultural heritage and antiques, in addition to countering smuggling, looting and trafficking of Egyptian artifacts.

During the meeting, the Egyptian representatives also asked the U.S. Department of State to reevaluate their decision to warn their citizens to leave Egypt, Youm7 reported.

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